A strike by signalmen in New Aquitaine will seriously disrupt rail traffic in the South-West of France on Monday, with in particular the cancellation of 85% of TGVs between Paris and Bordeaux and
regional traffic , announced the SNCF on Friday.
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The SNCF will ensure the circulation of five direct TGV round trips between Paris and Bordeaux, or around 15% of the planned offer,
"for customers who absolutely need to travel that day"
"All travelers who can are invited to postpone their trip to another date
," said a spokesperson for SNCF Voyageurs.
The call to strike was launched by the CGT-Cheminots and the Unsa railway to demand better management of the end of career and measures to ensure the loyalty of the personnel, indicated the Unsa.
The signalmen, who are employees of the SNCF Réseau company, are also demanding an increase in their work bonus, while the employees of the SNCF Voyageurs company benefited from a bonus of 600 euros at the end of last year.
“People from the Network are also demanding it because Voyageurs does not run its trains alone,”
Didier Mathis, secretary general of Unsa railway, told AFP.
No TGV will run south of Bordeaux, towards Hendaye and Toulouse. With regard to Intercités, the service will also be
with only two round trips between Toulouse and Marseille on the Bordeaux-Marseille line, two Toulouse-Bayonne round trips and no Nantes-Bordeaux train. The Paris-Orléans-Limoges-Toulouse train and the Paris-Rodez/Toulouse and Paris-Latour de Carol/Lourdes night trains will run normally, the spokesperson said. The TGV Inoui, Ouigo and Intercités customers concerned will be notified and will be able to exchange their ticket or get a refund, he added. The TER transport plan in New Aquitaine must be published later, but SNCF Réseau is already announcing
on the lines between Bordeaux and Hendaye, Tarbes, Agen, Arcachon, Périgueux, Angoulême, Nantes, as well as on the Hendaye-Tarbes, Poitiers-La Rochelle and Poitiers-Angoulême lines.
Connections between TER and main lines will not be guaranteed.
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The signalmen's strike is scheduled from 7 p.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. Tuesday, but traffic should be
“Extensive negotiations were held.
Despite the proposals made by SNCF Réseau, the notice has not been lifted
,” said SNCF Réseau in a press release, saying that it wished
“the continuation of the dialogue”